Have you ever imagined the kind of troubles to make a film? The long, unforeseen dilemmas, miscalculations, tensions among cast and crew, Murphy's Law--- well, you get the picture. One reason many artists continue to pursue these endeavors filled with potential landmines is because in this space passion CAN and DOES get celebrated and recognized. There are a few times in particular I have witnessed firsthand these well-deserved recognitions...
From 2014 - 2017 I worked behind-the-scenes of the indie-comedy film production, Mind Over Mindy, as a promotional video producer and documentarian. Every single event, large or small, I arrived to document with my camera the ins and outs and ups and downs of independent filmmaking plus all the roles involved. Particularly, I emphasized heavily on the perspective of close friend and mentor of mine (as well as the writer and director of M.O.M), Robert Alaniz.
Throughout the process, I felt blessed to have followed many other artists with my camera including: actor, Larry Thomas, famously known as The Soup Nazi. I followed his journey in M.O.M on and off-camera as he courageously took on his role of a schizophrenic psychiatric therapist, Dr. Fischer: a character with multiple layers to unravel and a script speckled with shades of comedy and drama rolled into one. I followed Larry's process all the way to the screenings and film festivals where he was deservingly recognized and rewarded for his work.
In 2016, I followed cast and crew (and fans of Sole Productions) to the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts for the BLOW UP International Arthouse Film Fest. On this special day, Robert Alaniz accepted the award for Mind Over Mindy as "Best Windy City Feature" and Larry Thomas accepted the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for "Best Supporting Actor". Being involved with the celebration of Mind Over Mindy was one of my favorite aspects of this documentational journey. Through these experiences I regained strength and motivation to 'keep going'.